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Jeff Potts

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  1. What is the message of the book? That, above all things, should guide the plot.
  2. You can also use beta readers to verify whether or not you should remove sections of text suggested by an editor. What the editor thinks the reader wants, and what the reader actually wants are often two separate things.
  3. Were you there. Which is exactly what you were doing. I don't know who said "Where you there?" was correct, but they were either licking toads at the time, or consuming mushrooms.
  4. There are two publishers cited with Mike Duran's work on Amazon. One is Realms, the other is Blue Crescent Press. I cannot find either on the Internet. So either they've both gone defunct, or these are the business names under which he self-publishes his books. He seems big enough to start his own publisher, so that's probably what he's done for business reasons. But, by all accounts, it looks like he's been self-publishing. When I said "that won't happen," I was referring to your comment about going through "mainstream publishers." I don't want this t
  5. Trust me, that won't happen. Look at their wish lists. They're not interested.
  6. Then you have a better chance of getting published than including them.
  7. With or without Christian themes or references?
  8. Prologues should be rare, and should only cover ancillary (but important) information. The best I have ever read was the prologue to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It covered The Others - who were supposed to be the main protagonist - but without directly involving any main characters. The events in there are re-referenced in the actual story during the execution of the deserter (who is a character in the prologue). It tied the Others to the story, set out the existential threat AND got the reader's interest before the story went down some pretty incon
  9. Nope. My experiences can be summed up here: What is the genre you're looking to get published?
  10. @ShamrockHow many agents have you contacted that want a marketing plan?
  11. The way I read Aslan is that he is good, but a lion is still a lion. Revelation shows that to be true. But you need go no further than an oppressive regime to see where Christians are dangerous. The FIRST people they go after are Christians, because the ruler or the state will tolerate it's citizens to have no other loyalty than to them.
  12. Oooohhhh, I like that description.
  13. Especially when you realize that most of them haven't bothered to read your query. You want to know what more soul-crushing? Submitting a manuscript, getting a standardized rejection and having the agent add, "You are very talented." It only confirmed what I already suspected.
  14. As I've discovered, that line is slightly blurred. But to answer the question, it's "small presses." As far as endeavoring to persevere...my thoughts at this point is that I'm just going through the motions, and that I'll be left self-publishing anyways. This book is part of a series (strike #1), incorporates Christian themes (string #2), and I'm an unpublished author (strike #3). Despite what some of these agents and publishers say, they want a sure thing, and this ain't it. Before I started this process, my wife - who read the manuscript - thought for sure someone
  15. I think it's breaking 50/50 right now. So many of them deal with being a kid and relationships, and the focus becomes themselves.
  16. There is a new group classification out there called New Adult (NA). It's, roughly, 18+.
  17. Anything with "clang" or "ka-pow" in the sentence.
  18. The agent represented Christian-specific works. My manuscript is targeting the YA market. The agent, however, had no publishing contacts in YA, so they had to pass. This dovetails with the quote Johne posted in the How to Connect with Teen Readers thread, mentioning how Christian publishing isn't connecting with teens (the bulk of YA readers).
  19. I looked up a homeschool association in my state. They were a Christian organization. At their expo, an author was participating who looked to be a teen. I'm thinking that this might be a good place to push your books.
  20. My wife tells me that fifth-graders are reading Lord of the Rings. In high school, along with the dystopian stuff like Divergence, they're reading Animal Farm. Divergence didn't mean much to my sons, but Animal Farm sure did. While Christian publishers are failing to capture the youth market, the secular publishers are dumbing down their work, and filling the gaps with pointless titillation. And now, because of COVID, the homeschool market is exploding from what I hear. Interesting tactic on the TikToc marketing tactic. That's something I'll ha
  21. So, I thought I'd provide a little feedback about my attempts to publish my book. Going the agent route: 49 Submissions, 43 Rejections (6 submissions still outstanding) 2 Requests for Manuscripts. 3 personalized replies. Targeting Indie publishers that accept direct submissions: 5 submissions, 2 Rejections, 1 request for manuscript. 2 personalized replies. I'm looking at a list of 21 available indie publishers open for submission. Most on my list are closed to submissions. Not sure exactly why. Righ
  22. You sort of stole my thunder here. And before I start, I didn't want this thread to be about the book I'm pitching. It is what it is, however. My thoughts on POV is this: things go in and out of fashion all the time. This is all subjective. Working in software has taught me many things, but the two things that I learned quickly is that trends come and go, and marketing can make a mediocre product spectacular. Nowadays, I usually have to look for work, roughly, every 5 years. It's interesting looking at job descriptions. On year, everyone want
  23. Yes, this is the fourth that's given me feedback, fifth if you include the editor I used for the initial content and line edits. Of them , none of them mentioned that my story started too slow. In fact, quite the opposite. Now, a little background about my submission (without naming names). After I submitted, I did a little research on the publisher (yeah, I know, I should have done that beforehand). I knew something was up when the editor pounced on my submission in less than 24 hours. Since 2009, they've published roughly 10 books, the lion's share of them by the owners of t
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